EVENTS AT SEA
"All the Things that Can Go Wrong On A Cruise"


2016

The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2015, including cruise ship accidents.  It is based on media reports, passenger reports posted at on-line boards and discussion groups, and reports sent to Cruise Junkie. In reviewing the information, please keep in mind that some cruise lines are given less scrutiny by the media than others, and it is not uncommon for events to not appear in the media.  This information reflects only that which has made it into the public domain.

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Date
Ship
Cruise Line
Event
Type of Incident
February 7 Magic
Disney
Inquisitor reports there was a potential man overboard on Saturday night, but confirmation from Disney Cruise Line was never given. It was confirmed by a number of passengers though, that all onboard were required to emergency stations late on Saturday evening. Upon boarding each sailing on Disney Cruise Line, there is a mandatory safety meeting before setting sail. All passengers must attend the meeting and know of their emergency meeting locations and procedures. Adam Neal is the managing editor for the TC Palm, and he was tweeting out updates on Saturday evening. At one point, Neal said that the cruise director of the Disney Magic did say there was a “possible man overboard” all guests needed to be on deck at their emergency stations.
Around 9 p.m., there was an odd notification that came through all speakers on the Disney Magic. Around 10 p.m., there was the announcement that there was a possible man overboard. Around 10:30 p.m., all passengers were requested to report to the deck, and by 11 p.m., it seemed as if all were on deck. Neal continued on saying that many of the passengers on deck were discussing the possibility of a man going overboard, but there was never any more word from Cast Members. The Disney Magic did arrive in Port Canaveral on Sunday morning, but it was a bit late. Upon disembarkation on Sunday, there was no further word on the situation from Saturday night.
?Person overboard?
February 7 Anthem
RCI
WFTV reports the ship is expected to dock in Port Canaveral Monday morning, following an encounter with a severe storm. Passengers were locked down in their cabins. The strong storm hit the Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas hard off the coast of the Carolinas as it was en route to Port Canaveral after a six-day trip from New York. The ship trudged through winds of more than 100 miles per hour, according to Severe Weather Center 9's meteorologist Brian Shields. The U.S. Coast Guard said it has not received any calls for assistance from the ship. UPDATE: NBC reports the ship will double back and return to port -- it will head back to Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, according to Royal Caribbean. The more than 4,000 passengers aboard will receive a full refund for the cruise along with a voucher for 50 percent off a future voyage. Florida Today reports four passengers were injured and the ship experienced minor damage. Battered by storm
February 5 Fantasy
Disney
Inquisitor reports the ship suffered mechanical issues while out on a seven night Eastern Caribbean sailing; it appeared the left engine stopped working. The ship had to skip its final stop at Castaway Cay in hopes of getting back to port in time on Saturday morning. The Disney Cruise Line Blog was one of the first to get the word out that the Disney Fantasy had been suffering a mechanical issue of some sort. In no time, there was talk on social media and it was revealed that the port engine was not operating. It was later revealed that the ship would have to operate at a speed of just a little over 17 knots. That is a good bit below the typical 22 knots that the Disney Fantasy typically sails on the seven-night cruises. It also meant that the ship was going to be behind in getting back to Port Canaveral in time for the current sailing to end Saturday morning and the next one to begin on Saturday afternoon. That being said, Disney had to make some adjustments. Propulsion problems - missed port call
February 3 Glory
CCL
Cruise Law News reports a passenger died in St. Kitts during a SNUBA excursion booked on the ship.
A cruise passenger who witnessed the spectacle but wishes to stay anonymous states that it allegedly took an ambulance 20 minutes to arrive. The vehicle allegedly had no medical equipment or defibrillator. The passenger who contacted us says that there was "zero medical help" from the St. Kitts paramedics. "They just looked at the guy, said he's dead, and walked away." Nurses and a firefighter vacationing on the Friar's Bay beach reportedly performed CPR on the passenger for 15 minutes without success. The passenger complained that there was allegedly no doctor available who could even pronounce the passenger dead so they could take his body away instead of being left in the sun for hours.
Death on SNUBA excursion
February 2 Diamond
Princess
From a reader: my wife and grand daughter are currently on Diamond Princess, cruise from Sydney-NZ and return. They have just sent me an E Mail from the ship. 'Due to many on board ill with noro virus (I cannot obtain numbers) Ship is at Code Red. No self serf at Buffet and other Code red precautions taken. Last Port was Dunedin, NZ on Sunday 31 January, cruise ends at next port, Sydney Thursday 4 February 2016. Mostly Australian/NZ pax on board, with a few Asians and North Americans, about 100 children also on board. Ship is sailing full with 2600 pax. UPDATE February 4th: The ship docked in Sydney this morning, Carnival Australia reports 158 pax and unreported number of crew reported sick with noro. (see news.com.au) Illness
January 31 Emerald Belle
Emerald Watrerways
Cruise Critic reports at 12:30 a.m (UTC+1:00) Sunday morning, the owner of the Den Breejen Shipyard was alerted to a fire on the Emerald Belle,” said Glen Moroney, chairman of the Scenic Group, and owner of the cruise line. “Despite the efforts of firefighters, who were quickly at the scene, the damage is significant. We are grateful and relieved that nobody was onboard at the time and most importantly, there were no injuries to any shipyard worker or firefighters.” Sister line, Scenic, also had a ship under construction nearby but it was quickly moved away so damage was contained to some exterior paint. The cruise line issued the following statement: “Although the Emerald Belle's construction was well along (as it was due to launch in April) the firefighting system onboard was not yet operational. At this point there is no confirmed cause of the fire but a full investigation by the yard and firefighting authorities is being carried out.” Shipyward Fire
January 31 AIDAprima
AIDA
Japan Times reports arson is being investigated as the cause of a cruise ship fire at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s shipyard in Nagasaki early Sunday, the third such incident to strike in January. According to local police and firefighters, a worker at the Koyagi plant of MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works, found cardboard and insulation material ablaze aboard the 124,500-ton AIDA Prima, which is one of two ships it is building German cruise line AIDA Cruises. Firefighters said workers quickly put out the fire and no injuries were reported. Sunday’s incident follows an electrical wiring fire near a theater space on Jan. 11, and a cabin fire involving a piece of cloth on Jan. 13. Shipyward Fire - Arson
January 28 Orchestra
MSC
Dominica News Online police have confirmed a child, from a visiting cruise ship, has died due to the result of a bus accident in Trafalgar at around 11:00 am Thursday. The child was 16 months old, according to the police. Seven other passengers in the bus, five Italians and two Brazilians, were injured. The passengers were on a shore visit, which they had independently booked through a third party when the accident occurred. The ship’s statement said at least four guests were back on the ship by Thursday afternoon. Pax injured & death on shore
January 28 Paradise
CCL
WSTP reports the ship was set to embark on a four-day excursion to Belize and Cozumel. But instead, passengers learned just minutes ago they won't be heading there at all. A statement from Carnival Cruise says: "At this time the Port of Tampa continues to remain closed as a result dense fog and it is unknown when the port will re-open. Given the need to disembark guests currently on board, which will take several hours once the ship docks, we are forced to cancel today’s embarkation for the next cruise. "Therefore, today's scheduled four-day cruise to Cozumel has now been modified to a three-day Cruise to Nowhere embarking tomorrow. Guests departing on today’s voyage have been notified of the current situation. Those that wish to sail on the modified itinerary will receive a 50 percent refund of their cruise and a 50 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise." Carnival Paradise was scheduled to return today from a five-day cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel that departed on Saturday from Tampa where it is based year-round. Delayed disembarkation & embarkation b/c of fog
January 28 Amsterdam
HAL
Cook Islands News reports a tender, with 90 passengers aboard, ran into problems while attempting to transport passengers to the beach to join afternoon tours. An attempt was made to pull the boat off the reef using another tender, but it proved unequal to the task and the Ports Authority tug boat Toa was summoned from Avatiu to free the vessel. Six passengers were initially brought to shore aboard a lifeboat, but when conditions became too rough, the cruise ship’s captain and crew took water out to the tender, then helped the remaining passengers walk to shore. Turama Pacific Destination Management, Nina Webb said afternoon tours had been cancelled as a result of the incident. Bill Murphy and Robert Rye from New Jersey in the US were aboard the tender when it struck the reef. “The tender was coming in. It got right into the passage way and then a wave came and pushed it onto the reef and it got stuck,” said Murphy. “Once we were stuck on the reef, the waves would come and just push us further onto the reef. “Originally when we came in, the boat was stuck facing the island, but each wave kept pushing it, causing to turn the opposite way.” Said Robert Rye: “They sent one tender to help pull the tender out but there was too much weight so they had to call in the tug boat. “The crew asked if people could possibly leave the boat and swim to shore to make it lighter to pull it off, but the tender still didn’t seem to be moving. Tender aground
January 28 Quest
Azamara
The Press reports theship has been reported to Maritime New Zealand for sailing too close to rocks in the Marlborough Sounds. A passenger on board said the boat came within 30 metres of rocks as it entered Tory Channel on Wednesday. The incident happened about 9.20am. Maritime New Zealand confirmed it was making enquiries about a cruise liner entering Tory Channel. The Azamara Quest is owned by Azamara Club Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises. Marlborough Express reports the ship did strike the rocks. Maritime New Zealand spokesman Vince Cholewa said police divers from the Wellington Maritime Unit had found paint on the side of the rock. The investigation also found damage to the hull of the ship, he said. TAIC spokesman Peter Northcote said two investigators had boarded the ship when it arrived in Napier to collect evidence. However, he would not comment further until the results of the investigation were released, which could take up to 18 months. Port Marlborough chief executive Ian McNabb said an internal investigation had been launched. The pilot who was guiding the ship had been suspended, pending further information about the incident, though McNabb said he could not comment further while the matter was under investigation. Struck rocks
January 26 Fascination
CCL
From 2 passengers: Missed Freeport on 1/22 due to weather. Death on board the morning of 1./25 caused 2 hours of delayed debarkation. We were on board the ship and arriving back in Jacksonville, FL this past weekend when a death occurred onboard. An intercom announcement was made at about 4:30am about a medical emergency in room M83. Disembarking was delayed two hours or so that the medical examiner could investigate, and that the family could be allowed off first. The death was reported to be a middle aged male, and that he had died in his sleep. Missed port call & Delayed disembarkation
January 26 Anthem
RCI
From a passenger: There has been an itinerary change. The original sailing was to take place on 1/25 sailing to two ports in Mexico, two in Jamaica, as well as a stop in Labadee Haiti. The new itinerary includes San Juan, St Thomas, St Kitts, and Labadee departing on 1/26. No word on how or if RCCL will credit impacted customers. Itinerary change b/c storm
January 26 Jewel
RCI
Associated Press reports seven cruise ship passengers have been arrested after 24 pounds of cocaine was found on board a Royal Caribbean liner just before it was to set off on a cruise from Puerto Rico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday that a dog doing cabin inspections aboard the ship found the drugs worth around $300,000 on Sunday. The ship departed San Juan on Sunday for an eight-day trip. While performing cabin inspections, the CBP canine alerted to a piece of luggage in one of the cabins. When they opened the suitcase, 10 packages were found that subsequently tested positive to the properties of cocaine. Drug bust
January 25 Unknown Tribune242 reports an adult male United States visitor from Missouri has been taken into custody by the Royal Bahamas Police Force in connection with an alleged indecent assault of a female on Saturday morning. Shortly after 9am a female visitor on a cruise ship moored at Prince George Wharf reported to police that she was indecently assaulted on board by the suspect, who is also a passenger on the ship. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. Separately, police also took an adult female US visitor from Fort Lauderdale into custody for possession of dangerous drugs on Saturday evening. Shortly after 6pm, officers from the Tourism Policing Unit conducted a search of a suspicious female visitor at Prince George Wharf and found a quantity of marijuana in her possession. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Sexual assault -

Drug bust

January 24 Vision
RCI
Royal Raribbean Blog reports Royal Caribbean has decided to cancel today's scheduled stop for one of its cruise ships at the cruise line's private destination of Labadee in Haiti due to ongoing protests. marks the third time a Royal Caribbean ship has skipped a stop at Royal Caribbean's private destination since the protests began last week. Skipped - protests
January 23 Paradise
CCL
BayNews9 reports the ship was delayed returning to the dock at Port Tampa Bay by about 10 hours on Saturday because winds were too high. The ship was supposed to dock at about 5:30 a.m., but the ship finally made it to the dock around 3:30 p.m. Passengers started disembarking the boat around 5 p.m. It s returning from a five-day cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel that departed on Monday, Jan. 18, Delayed return
January 23 Grandeur
RCI
WBAL reports the Maryland Department of Transportation says a winter storm hwill delay the return of a cruise ship to the Port of Baltimore. The port's cargo terminals will be closed from 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Thus, the ship scheduled to dock Sunday morning will arrive Monday morning instead. The ship's next cruise had been scheduled to depart Sunday afternoon. Delayed return b/c of snow
January 22 Unknown Dominica News reports a woman from a cruise ship was robbed in Roseau on Friday morning. An eyewitness told Dominica News Online that the victim and another lady was about to enter a wine store on Long Lane when she was pounced upon by a young man. “The guy ran up, grabbed the lady’s chain from her neck and threw her down in the drain,” the eyewitness said. The eyewitness, who said he couldn’t believe such incident could happen in broad daylight, said the perpetrator made good his escape in the direction of the Old Market. He said no attempts were made by anyone to stop him. “There are all the bus drivers and vendors and nobody stopped the guy,” he said. Robbery ashore
January 21 Navigator
RCI
Royal Raribbean Blog reports Royal Caribbean has decided to cancel today's scheduled stop for one of its cruise ships at the cruise line's private destination of Labadee in Haiti due to ongoing protests. Skipped - protests
January 19 Crown
Princess
CDC reports 180 of 3060 passengers (5.88%) and 24 of 1168 crew (2.05%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers and one epidemiologist boarded the ship in Los Angeles, CA, on January 18, 2016, to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The cruise began January 3rd. Illness
January 19 Freedom
RCI
Cruise Law News reports dozens of chanting protesters, banging pots and cymbals, and packed onto a half dozen small vessels, greeted the ship as it docked this morning in Labadee, Haiti. At first it appeared the vessels were approaching the docked ship as part of a rehearsed welcoming ceremony. However, when two coast guard ships arrived and began circling the vessels and encouraging them to leave the waters, it became clear this was a protest – though the specifics of the protesters complaints were not completely spelled out. One sign, held by one of the protesters, read “USA Away!” After some thirty minutes’ delay the ship, a voice over the ship’s loudspeaker system announce there would be a short delay before passengers could leave the ship. The vessels continued to play cat and mouse with the coast guard vessels, slightly larger than the protesters’ boats, but all dwarfed by the docked cruise ship. After more than two hours a voice once again came across the loudspeaker system explaining to passengers that local Haitian elections will take place in another week and that the protests they were watching were a local matter. It seemed a number of passengers and crew members weren’t buying this explanation. Finally, the voice stated that the cruise ship would not be disembarking today “for the safety of our passengers, which we hold to be of the utmost importance.” One veteran crewmember told me said she had been sailing into Labadee for 13 years and this was the first time she had seen such a protest. Skipped port call because of protests
January 18 Star
Princess
From a passenger: (RE: cruise beginning Jan 4th) Embarkation fiasco at Rio. 4.5 hours standing outside the terminal in high temperatures and then in unorganised long queues inside. Poor weather conditions meant that only 2 ports were visited one of which led to a major event, where by 1500 passengers and 100 crew, were stranded on shore, with very poor conditions, passengers were told to go away and come back later. Many didn't have any money, many stayed in the small cruise terminal and had to stand for over 4 hours before the tender service resumed. Those passengers that managed to take the last tenders between 15.00-16.00 were subject to terrifying tender journeys back to the ship. Those on board the ship were assured that those on shore were being well looked after, however that was not the case. Medicines for heart condition were handed personally to an officer for transport ashore. These medicines never reached the person they were intended for. Compensation? Oh sorry and 50% off the price of a future cruise. Was supposed to be holiday of a lifetime, didn't even get to see the Penguins!, Missed ports
January 18 Dream
CCL
From a passenger: Missed last port of call St. Marteen on Wed. Jan 13th. We were along the pier, but never tied up. Captain then went back into the bay to try again. He mentioned that because of swells, we could not dock safely. (Sea appeared calm) After another 2 hours, he said that we would be unable to dock and would have to miss the port. Note: After we were initially along the pier, 2 RCL ships docked on the pier next to us successfully. There were 2 much smaller ships on either side of our pier. If we were too long for our pier to dock safely, you would think that 1 of the ships could have repositioned themselves on the other side of the pier to allow us to use only one side. No compensation provided. Missed port call
January 17 Pride
CCL
From a passenger: The ship missed its port call at Freeport Jan 15th. Missed port call
January 16 Magic
CCL
From a passenger: We left Cozumel around 7 pm CST last night. At a bit after midnight, the Captain announced he had turned the ship to do a medical evacuation to Cancun. He brought the ship to a halt, and Cancun sent a Marine Rescue boat out to meet us. The initial attempt to link the two boats failed due to heavy winds/seas, so the Captain spun the ship until the boat was able to come to the sheltered side. A white-haired gentleman was eventually transferred to the boat, and it left the ship around 1:20 AM. He was alive and awake, and waved to everyone (who then cheered). I assume we will be an hour or two late to Galveston tomorrow but so far no announcement this morning. Stop at Cancun for med evac
January 15 Reflection
Celebrity
From a passenger: At around 2pm the cruise director made an announcement asking any passengers or crew who were registered blood donors and type O-negative to report to the medical center. Call for blood donor
January 14 Independence
RCI
Royal Caribbean blog reports 21 guests on a shore excursion were involved in a traffic accident in Falmouth, Jamaica today. In the incident, one guest passed away, while three others were treated for injuries at a local hospital. Royal Caribbean crew members have gone to the hospital in Falmouth to assist. Death/injuries in bus accident
January 14 Spirit of Tasmania (ferry) Stuff.co.NZ reports the ferry broke free of its moorings and crashed into a pier in Port Melbourne during a wild storm on Wednesday. Witnesses said the ship drifted until it was at a 90-degree angle to Station Pier by about 6pm and collided with part of the pier, causing damage to the front of the vessel. By 8pm, tugboats had towed the Spirit of Tasmania II back in line with the pier, and it was then secured. Collision with pier
January 13 Solstice
Celebrity
3News reports aBrazilian couple has been kicked off the ship today after the woman allegedly stole a handbag from the vessel's store worth hundreds of dollars. The incident happened when the ship was in the Fiordland region and security staff reported the incident once docked in Port Chalmers, Dunedin. A branded handbag was taken from one of the onboard shops and later found in the couple's cabin. The sequence of events was backed up by security footage, Senior Constable Steve Tvrdeic says. He says the ship's security didn't wish to pursue prosecutions but the couple had been told to disembark. Pax evicted
January 12 NCL Jezebel reports employees of Norwegian Cruise Lines were recently notified without warning or explanation that they would no longer have access to emergency contraceptives—for free or for purchase—unless they had been raped or sexually assaulted. The change went into effect on November 1. There was no company memo or meeting with a physician announcing the change; rather, women began to be turned away from the health center when requesting the contraception toward the end of 2015. “We do not have access to a CVS or Walgreens while we are out to sea for months at a time,” one employee wrote in an email. “Often crew members are limited as to when they can and cannot get off the ship. For example, non U.S. citizens are not allowed off the ship in New York City.” Still, sexual healthcare available on cruise ships is questionable to begin with—even for guests. According to The Telegraph, only six of the biggest cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, MCS Cruises, Holland America, Disney, and Crystal Cruises) out of the 12 competitive cruise lines make condoms available to their guests, and even fewer provide emergency contraception. Ceases crew access to emergency contraceptives
January 12 Balmoral
Fred Olsen
Cruise Hive reports a tender boat has experienced a malfunction on Sunday, January 10 while doing a scheduled boat training drill. The crew onboard the Balmoral vessel were doing a safety drill, while the ships tender boat was being lowered to the water a malfunction occurred. “This incident occurred as a result of the ship’s winches lowering the tender boat at different speeds” It’s not yet clear why the winches could not synchronise. The winches were independently surveyed in December 2015 for Flag compliance and no issues were found at the time. At the time the 43,540 gross ton ship was docked in Funchal, Madeira. After the tender boat malfunctioned, it was lowered safely and lifted onto the forecastle of Balmoral. Tender boat malfunction
January 12 AIDAprima
AIDA
Maritime Executive reports an electrical fire in a compartment aboard the new cruise ship AIDAprima, currently at the Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki, which could push back her inaugural voyage one more time. The fire triggered an alarm on the ship at 2030 hours local time on January 11. The shipyard's fire brigade and local authorities were able to contain the blaze quickly. Shipyard workers and crew were evacuated and no injuries were reported. The delivery of the 125,000 gt AIDAprima, the firm's new flagship, has already been delayed several times. She was scheduled to debut in the first half of 2015; this was pushed back to delivery in the second half of the year, then again to December, according to Mitsubishi. Last month she finished her third set of sea trials. Whether the fire will delay her inaugural trip again is not yet clear. Fire
January 11 Sinfonia
MSC
From a passenger: The ship was due to dock in Cape Town this morning from Durban at 04h00 and eventually docked at 10h30 local time due to high seasonal winds. Her sailing later this afternoon to Walvis Bay is delayed and the winds are expected to increase at the expected revised time of departure. UPDATE: the ship remained tied up with tugs holding her alongside the pier until winds subside. The itinerary has now changed from a call at Walvis Bay to the tender port of Luderitz (Namibia -- about 600 km south of Walvis Bay). Delayed arrival & departure
January 8 Divina
MSC
From a passenger: The port call at Belize City was replaced with a port call at Costa Maya because of "technical" issues. Change of port call
January 8 Caribbean
Princess
Breaking Belize News reports a 67 year old female passenger was snorkeling when she suddenly went under water and had to be rescued. However, she did not respond to emergency assistance and was pronounced dead. The shore excursion was with Hugh Parkey’s Belize Dive Connection, a full service Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) facility located at Hugh Parkey’s Belize Adventure Lodge on Spanish Look-Out Caye located just 25 minutes from Belize City. Superintendent Garcia said they do not know as yet what caused her death, nor whether she had any conditions that contributed. He also noted that most of the deaths at sea involving cruise ship passengers have been largely older persons. Snorkeling death
January 7 Star Pride
WIndstar
Cruise Critic reports more sailings on Windstar's Star Pride have been canceled after a grounding of the ship in Panama on December 22. Sailings through April 9th have now been canceled. Previously, only cruises through January 9th had been canceled. Cruises canceled
January 7

Dawn
NCL

The Advocate reports federal authorities have arrested five men accused of smuggling several kilograms of cocaine into New Orleans aboard a cruise ship coming from Honduras. One of the suspects, a Jamaican man known as “Uncle,” was taken into custody following a sting operation inside a Warehouse District hotel. Authorities said he was carrying $19,000 wrapped in a black plastic bag — cash they said he intended to use to buy the smuggled drugs. The bust happened Sunday morning after agents with Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, spotted three crewmen of the docked cruise ship Norwegian Dawn gathered inside a restroom at the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, the shopping mall adjacent to the cruise ship terminal. Two of the men removed their shoes and pants inside restroom stalls — a red flag to border security, as smugglers often hide drugs in their clothing. The agents detained those two men — the third suspect having left the restroom — and seized a shoulder bag holding six packages of cocaine, one of which had been concealed “in a pair of underwear that had a compartment sewn into the crotch area,” according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court. Once in custody, the two crew members, Asbert Lowmans and Jean Louis, admitted to smuggling, according to the complaint, and Lowmans “immediately agreed to cooperate with agents.” The authorities said they eventually tracked down the third man seen in the restroom, Esias Felicien, and another suspect named Kevin John, whom Felicien had met separately in the Riverwalk. Felicien had been headed toward the elevators, apparently to return to the cruise ship, when he was arrested carrying a shopping bag containing a “used smugglers’ girdle,” according to the complaint, which was signed by Agent Timothy Subervielle of Homeland Security Investigations. John was said to be carrying a shopping bag of his own with another package of cocaine. Combined, the smuggled cocaine weighed about 4.75 kilograms, according to the complaint. Drug bust
January 7 Pacific Aria
P&O Australia
7 News reports shocking footage of water pouring down a staircase inside a P&O cruise ship has emerged. The moment was taken with an iPhone showing a waterfall flowing down stairs and carpet becoming submerged under storm water as passengers try to dodge the puddles like mine bombs. The incident happened on December 30 on the Pacific Aria while travelling between Cairns and Brisbane and the footage was taken on an iPhone. A passenger told Seven News there was no warning before water began cascading down a flight of stairs and spilling into corridors. The cruise liner company says there was no danger to passengers, blaming a huge downpour during a tropical storm. From a reader: I was interested to be told that P&O provided six hours of free drinks on New Years Eve to passengers on the Pacific Aria. NOTE: It is unclear whether this was because of the water, or just a New Year's amenity. Water pouring down staircase
January 6 Braemar
Fred Olsen
From a passeger: RE: 18 December to 4 January cruise, two ports were skipped -- one being Madiera and the other being Tenerife. In the case of the latter they said was due to bad weather, but crew said it was due to too few passengers on board make it not financially viable to dock. Other cruise ships had docked (smaller boats). Also a helicopter was called to airlift a 30 year old who was ill, but helicopter was stood down as lady died on board. Skipped port calls
January 6 Pacific Jewel
P&O Australia
ABC News (Australia) reports early on Saturday, a small group of curious onlookers watched as the Pacific Jewel, carrying about 2,000 passengers and 600 crew, stopped alongside the small coastal port. However, due to strong winds and high swells, the ship was forced to continue on its journey. It was the second time the small seaside town had missed out on a visit by the company's cruise ship passengers, after large swells prevented the Pacific Pearl from dropping anchor in Robe's Guichen Bay in April 2014. Skipped port call

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